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American wind power just installed its highest amount of capacity in a first quarter since 2012

How’s this for a good start- the U.S. wind industry just had its best first quarter in four years. With strong installation and under construction numbers, as well as new technological advances, 2016 is already building off last year’s success. Wind by the numbers 520 megawatts (MW) of new capacity came online during 2016’s first … Continue reading American wind power just installed its highest amount of capacity in a first quarter since 2012

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U.S. wind energy generation shows strong results early in 2016

Because of world-class resources and decades of experience siting wind farms in the most productive locations, the U.S. generated more electricity from wind than any other country in 2015. Despite this, there’s been some recent confusion because growth in wind energy generation, while still positive, was smaller from 2014 to 2015 in comparison with other … Continue reading U.S. wind energy generation shows strong results early in 2016

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Who are the next generation’s leaders?

Last Friday was Earth Day, and we reflected on how our industry is creating a cleaner future by reducing carbon and other pollutants, conserving water and maintaining a small environmental footprint.   However, to continue this positive trend well into the future, we need to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. That’s a big focus at this … Continue reading Who are the next generation’s leaders?

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Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan issued the following statement today on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), also known as the Energy Bill. Numerous amendments have been proposed to the Energy Bill. Of these amendments, Amendment 3311, introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), would hinder upgrades strengthening the nation’s … Continue reading Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

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U.S. wind energy starts strong in 2016

American wind power had its most productive first quarter for installations since 2012, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported today, as demand rises for wind’s low-cost, zero-carbon energy.   Wind added 520 megawatts (MW) of new electric generating capacity to the power grid from January through March, according to AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry First … Continue reading U.S. wind energy starts strong in 2016

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Five key considerations when working with non-traditional energy buyers

John Powers leads the Strategic Renewables Division at Renewable Choice Energy and has helped corporate, industrial, and institutional (C&I) clients achieve their renewable energy goals for over 12 years. This is the second in a 4-part series of blogs on the explosive renewable growth currently underway in the commercial & industrial market sector. Everyone can … Continue reading Five key considerations when working with non-traditional energy buyers

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Good stewardship is an American duty

Earth Day is one of the best times of the year to remember responsible environmental stewardship appeals to all Americans. Teddy Roosevelt helped preserve the country’s natural landscapes by establishing the national parks system. Presidents Nixon and George H. Bush recognized a world leader like the U.S. should guarantee clean water and air for its … Continue reading Good stewardship is an American duty

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Wind turbines use cutting-edge technology to create clean energy

SaveOnEnergy has created an animated infographic that explains just how it’s done. Although wind turbines may seem simple from the outside, they’re actually complicated machines that use advanced technology to create clean, affordable energy. Take a look for a better understanding.   Graphic courtesy of Save on Energy. Note that since SaveOnEnergy created their infographic, … Continue reading Wind turbines use cutting-edge technology to create clean energy

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Cuts to DOE Wind Program hurt American energy consumers

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO, Tom Kiernan, made the following statement today as Congress looks to act on the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week. Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to cut FY 2017 funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Program by $16 million from … Continue reading Cuts to DOE Wind Program hurt American energy consumers

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The remarkable resurgence of renewable portfolio standards

Not long ago, the Clean Power Plan and the rise of carbon markets had some industry experts wondering whether Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies were still relevant. They were facing stiff resistance in many states, with threats of freezes and rollbacks looming.  Some wondered whether the policy structures themselves, which require specific, increasing proportions of … Continue reading The remarkable resurgence of renewable portfolio standards

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Bigger, better WINDPOWER reflects industry growth

Mark Bakke is AWEA’s Manager of Member Relations and Exhibitions. As the U.S. wind industry continues to mature and become a major part of America’s electricity mix, WINDPOWER needs to advance with the times. That’s why WINDPOWER 2016 in New Orleans, May 23-26, is scheduled to be bigger and better than last year. This year … Continue reading Bigger, better WINDPOWER reflects industry growth

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Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan issued the following statement today on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), also known as the Energy Bill. Numerous amendments have been proposed to the Energy Bill. Of these amendments, Amendment 3311, introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), would hinder upgrades strengthening the nation’s … Continue reading Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

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The value of Kansas wind energy

Being a windy state comes with an increased risk of prairie fires and downed power lines. But the natural resource’s abundance has its advantages as well, with the planned Cimarron Bend wind farm and nine other pending projects newly demonstrating how such clean energy can answer market demand while helping out Kansas’ economy. When the … Continue reading The value of Kansas wind energy

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Negative prices still rare, mostly caused by other energy sources

Some recent press articles have again fallen into confusion over wind’s impact on electricity markets. Recent occurrences of negative prices during a few hours in some markets are actually a different phenomenon from the localized negative price events we discussed two years ago. However, two similarities to those prior events are that the new events … Continue reading Negative prices still rare, mostly caused by other energy sources

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MidAmerican Energy plans largest economic development project in Iowa history

MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build one of the largest wind farms in U.S. history, a 2,000 megawatt (MW) project called Wind XI that would substantially increase revenue streams for communities across Iowa. Big projects equal big benefits The company is investing $3.6 billion in Wind XI, making it the largest economic development project … Continue reading MidAmerican Energy plans largest economic development project in Iowa history

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Using cutting-edge technology to maximize asset value

Kyle O’Connor is the CEO of kWantera, a company that uses advanced predictive analytics and machine learning to identify the optimal price, time and location at which to buy, sell or consume power in deregulated markets across the world. Kyle runs kWantera as its CEO, managing the strategic direction and growth in addition to its … Continue reading Using cutting-edge technology to maximize asset value

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Comparing American and European wind power is apples to oranges

The clear success of wind energy in the U.S., which leads the world in wind energy production, has forced critics to attack the renewable record of other countries because the evidence against them is so strong here. Thanks to America’s world-class resources, wind energy is now the lowest-cost source of new electricity generation in the … Continue reading Comparing American and European wind power is apples to oranges

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The public health benefits of wind energy

Julie Potyraj spent several years working with community health and development programs in rural Zambia. Currently, she is the community manager for MPH@GW, the online Master of Public Health program offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is also an MPH@GW student focusing on global health and … Continue reading The public health benefits of wind energy

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Maryland chooses a renewable future

The Maryland state legislature passed a historic bill yesterday, raising the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) to 25 percent by 2020. The legislation, called the Clean Energy Jobs Act, will now move on to Gov. Larry Hogan for approval. By choosing to raise the state’s RPS, Maryland is using a policy with a long … Continue reading Maryland chooses a renewable future

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